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Cecilia Martínez-Vásquez has been hired as the city of Redmond’s first diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) manager. In this role, Martínez-Vásquez will lead the city’s new DEI program by developing various strategies, initiatives, and organizational changes to carry out Redmond’s DEI goals. 

“We envision a community where all residents can fully and effectively access city services, influence city policy, and direction and feel a sense of belonging,” Mayor Angela Birney said in a statement. 

As a global city with 40.5 percent of the population foreign-born, the City of Redmond said in a press release that its goals include “reflecting the community, engaging in purposeful and accessible community outreach, and providing equitable service delivery and policy-driven outcomes.”

Martínez-Vásquez received Bachelor’s degrees in political science and comparative American cultures/ethnic studies from Washington State University, along with a minor in women’s studies. She went on to pursue a Master of Science in justice and social inquiry from Arizona State University. Previously she worked as a multicultural center manager at Shoreline Community College and with the Wrap-Around Services program in the City of Bellevue. 

Both her work and education have led Martínez-Vásquez to work with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Raised in Yakima Valley as the daughter of farmworkers, her own experiences have helped shape and form her dedication to social justice and DEI work.